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Trouble For Republicans DeLay And Eversole Are Fine Holiday Gifts

The conviction of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugarland, Texas right before Thanksgiving Day last month was a wonderful Thanksgiving offering.

(Above–Bountiful Thanksgiving table. Photo by Ms. Jones.)

Tuesday’s indictment of Republican Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole for bribery and income tax charges is indeed a Christmas gift.

Mr. Eversole has pleaded not guilty.

Above–Christmas gifts. Photo by Sigismund von Dobshcutz.)

I’m sorry to say that Mr. Eversole is my Harris County Commissioner.

I’m sure the Tea Party—If it even exists anymore—will be focusing their energies on Mr. Eversole real soon.

Let’s hope that after this gift of an indictment is unwrapped we will find that it contains a conviction.

(Above–Unwrapped presents on Christmas Day. Photo by Steve.)

I’m not glad that Mr. DeLay and Mr. Eversole are in hot water simply because they are Republicans.  I don’t think all Republicans are crooks.

What I’m glad about is that wrongdoing by powerful people can be called to account, and that members of a party that calls Democrats Communists and traitors can be brought to justice.

Who are the Republicans serving with Republican County Judge Executive Ed Emmett on our Harris County Commissioner’s Court?

We have the indicted Jerry Eversole.

And then we have incoming Commissioner Jack Morman who will replace the unelected Sylvia Garcia. I say “unelected” because Ms. Garcia would still be serving if enough Hispanics in Harris County had bothered to vote, and if the Harris County Democratic Party and the Texas Democratic Party made serious efforts to encourage Hispanic voting.

These Democrats don’t want to make serious efforts because then they would actually have to address the concerns of this voting group, and because Hispanic elected officials in low-turnout one-party constituencies might face a primary challenge or might have to really talk about serious issues.

As for Mr. Morman, he still has not updated his campaign web page to even address the fact that he won the election. Also, there is nothing at all on his web page that suggests at all what his views are on issues before the county.

Click the link above and read it for yourself.

Here is what Houston TV station KHOU reported on Election Night about Mr. Morman—

“Even GOP leaders Tuesday night could not place where they might have seen Morman on the campaign trail or at pre-election events. He was nowhere to be found on Tuesday night at the GOP party.”

Mr. Morman will be representing something like 750,000 people, and nobody has any idea of his positions impacting the county and he can’t even thank voters for putting him in office.

What a crew of Republican alleged criminals and blank slates at our Harris County Commissioner’s Court.

(Top Houston bloggers Charles Kuffner and John Coby have also written about Mr. Eversole’s indictment.)

December 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Low Hispanic Vote Helps Unelect Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia

With customary poor turnout, potential Democratic voters in Harris County unelected Precinct 2 Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia.

Ms. Garcia lost to a political unknown named Jack Morman who was outspent 40-1 and who barely waged a campaign.

Ms. Garcia got “unelected” more than Mr. Morman got elected. Mr. Morman was propelled by straight ticket voting.

Nobody knows anything about Mr. Morman.

Here is a portion of an e-mail Ms. Garcia sent out last Saturday-

” This past weekend,  I met with our consultants to review  Early Vote returns and our numbers are not where they should be. Right now, our Latino numbers are down from my previous cycles and I need them to win.”

Ms. Garcia was a competent leader who worked for her community.

People have an obligation to vote. At what point do we say that people have an obligation to get to the polls? Voting is an act of personal responsibility.

I’ve said many times here that local Democrats often take minority voters for granted.

Yet life is a two-way street. People need to vote.

Ms. Garcia was the first Hispanic elected to the Harris County Commissioners Court.

Here is the campaign web page of the gentleman who beat Ms. Garcia. It says nothing at all about his plans.

This guy did not have the simple respect to post on his web site any ideas at all for what he will do in an office that serves something like 750,00 people.

What about the improved health care clinics and mental health efforts that Ms. Garcia had been working for in the county?

I don’t think Mr. Morman has formulated a view on these questions as of yet.

November 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment